Course

Arabic language course

From the very first group lesson, an experienced teacher will help you build on your vocabulary and understand how the language works. You’ll use traditional learning methods as well as online learning tools, such as Quizlet. The course focuses on speaking and listening skills. Additional work on grammar, as well as reading and writing skills, will support you in the language learning process. Your teacher will always be a native speaker, and the group lessons will be conducted in Arabic. Instructions will only be given in Dutch or English if it’s absolutely necessary. 

After completing the third module, you will be able to communicate well in Arabic in various situations.

Arabic courses

For available times for the courses below, please see the course dates and the registration form. The registration form shows the currently available groups.

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Reference levels according to the CEFR:

  • For Course 1, A1
  • For Course 2, A2minus
  • For Course 3, A2plus

Course 1 (AR-1)

Module 1 is for people with no prior knowledge of Arabic. Once you have completed this module, you will be able to:

  • greet people as well as introduce yourself and others;
  • ask for and provide personal details;
  • talk about your family;
  • place an order in a restaurant or a cafe;
  • talk about daily activities;
  • indicate colours, forms and sizes;
  • inquire about travel and transport.

Coursematerial: Gateway to Arabic 2 by Dr. Imran Hamza Alawiye ISBN: 9780954083304

Date: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

  • 6 February - 22 May 2018, Tuesday 16.00-18.00
  • 6 February - 22 May 2018, Tuesday 18.30-20.30

Certificate A1: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Course 2 (AR-2)

Course 2 is for people with basic knowledge of Arabic and for people who have completed Course 1. An intake is necessary when you have not followed course 1. In this Course, you will increase your vocabulary and broaden your understanding of Arabic grammar. Once you have completed this module, you will be able to:

  • conduct simple discussions in the past and present about daily activities such as work, study, pastime, shopping, travel and health;
  • talk about a city;
  • ask for and give directions;
  • inquire about travel, transportation, itinerary or prices;
  • indicate time, date, days and months of the year;
  • rent a room or an apartment.

Course materials:

Date: The registration form shows the actual available groups.

  • 5 February - 28 May 2018, Monday 18.30-20.30

Certificate A2minus: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Course 3 (AR-3)

Course 3 is for people who have completed at least two Arabic courses and who are able to express themselves in most common, everyday situations.An intake is necessary when you have not followed course 2. Once you have completed this module, you will be able to:

  • describe places and situations;
  • talk about the weather;
  • talk about events and projects in the future;
  • ask for advice;
  • describe your tastes and preferences;
  • point out colours, shapes and sizes;
  • discuss clothing, art, various media and other objects.

Course material:

Date:  The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Certificate A2plus: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Registration and intake

You can register for Module 1 of this course by using our registration form. After registering, you will receive a confirmation.

Would you like to meet us for an intake or receive more information? Please see languages-intake-AR to make an appointment, free of charge. The appointment will take place at the Maastricht University Language Centre (Sint Servaasklooster 32).

Please book your intake well before the course is scheduled to begin. This process will make it easier to make the appointment, and more likely that there will still be an available spot in the module that’s right for you. 

Costs per course

  • UM students: € 295
  • UM staff and alumni: € 360
  • All other participants: € 460

Certificate and ECTS credits

After completing each Arabic course module, you will receive a certificate and three ECTS credits. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend at least 12 of the 14 lessons, be present at the final exam and have satisfactory results. Whether these points are granted depends on your faculty.